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Sixth Astute submarine goes live

Jason Zaccarini

A major milestone has been reached in the construction of the sixth Astute-Class submarine, Agamemnon by BAE Systems Submarines in Barrow.

​Power has been applied to the electrical switchboards of Agamemnon making the submarine ‘live’ for the first time.

Employees have achieved the work despite dealing with the impact of Coronavirus. Social distancing measures have been introduced in workshops along with regular nasal swab testing for employees.

“This is a key event for the boat and demonstrates that we are well and truly on the journey to commissioning major systems on board, marking a significant point in the boat’s life,” Head of Delivery Jason Zaccarini said. “It’s been a great piece of team-work over many months involving pulling in and routing the many thousands of metres of cable.”

The news comes just months after the Royal Navy’s fourth Astute Class submarine, HMS Audacious, sailed from Barrow for her new home at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde.